President-elect Joe Biden announced Ambassador William Burns as his nominee for director of the CIA on Monday.
Burns, currently the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, previously had a 33-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration, after holding positions including U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Jordan.
"Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure," Biden said in a statement. "He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect. Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment, and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director."